Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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I bought 10,000 shade balls and tried to swim in them. They appear to act like a non-Newtonian fluid: rigid under high shear stress, but they flow like a liquid under low shear.
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My sense was that swimming in shade balls would be difficult but still doable. This was roughly true for the single layer of shade balls. The shade balls slide past each other so they act like a liquid, albeit a viscous one owing to their significant inertia. It's much more intense exercise and it's also annoying to be bombarded with shade balls on all sides of your body, particularly your head. With multi-layer shade balls (as exists on much of LA reservoir) things get significantly more difficult. The balls bunch together and when you try to move through them quickly, they become more rigid, providing significant resistance to motion. This has the benefit that you can lie on them and as long as they stay trapped under you, you can float on them. But a little bit of motion causes them to move around and you sink through quickly.
Huge thanks to:
Jordan Schnabel and Cristian Carretero for filming and swimming and providing lifeguard services.
Raquel Nuno for filming and putting up with me.
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
Music from epidemicsound.com "Dubstep Mammoth 2" "Finally Here (Instrumental)" "The Last Arrival" "Sundown Love (Instrumental)"
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Andrea Sullivan
Andrea Sullivan - преди 7 минути
This is Mark Rober’s thing.
Deanne Poje
Deanne Poje - преди 4 часа
what are shade balls
Yug Soni
Yug Soni - преди 10 часа
Are there any of these left ? I mean if i join patreon now would you ship one ? Lol I so want one
Exploring with Slick
Exploring with Slick - преди 12 часа
also their good to practice metal mosh pits 🤘
Yeeter Nation
Yeeter Nation - преди 13 часа
😏 swimming in balls...😏
Владимир Чапайкин
Владимир Чапайкин - преди 13 часа
Veritasium,
_Because of the waves, the balls will knock, especially at sea. It is possible to convert the mechanical energy of the collision of balls into electricity. Has anyone thought of this before?_
Andrew Vario
Andrew Vario - преди ден
He looked like he was going to die in the start
Queen. Kristal
Queen. Kristal - преди ден
Lol dangerous
Skylar Tharp
Skylar Tharp - преди ден
What are shade balls
Dylan Chadderton
Dylan Chadderton - преди ден
"obviously you can't swim in the drinking water" yeah, but you can drive a gas powered boat in it?
Beastmode567954
Beastmode567954 - преди ден
"Alotta balls in my face"
-Veritasium
Kevin Toons
Kevin Toons - преди 2 дни
Why can’t you swim in a drinking reseuar but you can ride a boat in it
Kaine Ellsworth
Kaine Ellsworth - преди 3 дни
3:45 that’s what she said
The Meme Doctor
The Meme Doctor - преди 3 дни
4:40 anyone on a swim team, look at his hands
Aldo
Aldo - преди 4 дни
Who cleaned up the mess????
Squared Circle
Squared Circle - преди 5 дни
What did you do with them after!!?
HAROON MUSHTAQ
HAROON MUSHTAQ - преди 5 дни
This man is very UGLY but he's got some serious Brain
Elin
Elin - преди 5 дни
"Its a drinking reservoir OBVIOUSLY YOU CANT SWIM IN IT"
RESERVOIR WORKERS - lets sail a boat in it, the motor oils wont do any hArM
Invisible. btw
Invisible. btw - преди 5 дни
Shut up thats really cool but so climatedamaging all the plastic
Greystorm1619
Greystorm1619 - преди 5 дни
This is my Dream
Frøsted Sky
Frøsted Sky - преди 5 дни
YOU JUMPED INTO MY BALLS 😅
Samuel Raiche
Samuel Raiche - преди 6 дни
So did you ever manage to get them out😂
Ardi
Ardi - преди 6 дни
Him: very smart guy
Also him: let me just run over the shade balls
Peter Cordes
Peter Cordes - преди 4 дни
Pretty sure that was *only* because of a youtube comment on the last video where someone asked. It was one of the ones he showed at the beginning of this. Of course he knows it's not going to work, but it's fun to see exactly how completely it fails to work. It's reasonable to wonder if you might get a tiny bit of support for one step, vs. being exactly like trying to run on regular water. Reminds me of the Mythbusters testing running on water with wide shoes, and some track sprinters to power their feet into the water. Again total failure.
zZiL341yRj736
zZiL341yRj736 - преди 6 дни
Patreon supporters don't have better places they can donate money to? This just seems like a waste. To each his own I guess.
Jilliana Nido
Jilliana Nido - преди 6 дни
Yes that’s scary oh hey what happened to him oh he drowned in a hot tub filled with shade balls
Zon
Zon - преди 6 дни
every time he messes up the perfectly stacked row of balls I cringe so hard.
EthanPlaysYT
EthanPlaysYT - преди 7 дни
3:26 vue cinemas bass drop
cleetu s
cleetu s - преди 7 дни
Do a pool filled with jello
James Emirzian Waldementer
James Emirzian Waldementer - преди 7 дни
Operation Dark River
Michael James
Michael James - преди 7 дни
Does the shade balls pollute the ocean
BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG
BangGamer 1338 YT VN/ENG - преди 7 дни
If drowning, this one useful


Or not. Maybe?
Mango! Animates
Mango! Animates - преди 7 дни
*when racist came over and invade america*
Z Z
Z Z - преди 7 дни
8:12 LOL
Bill Sabado
Bill Sabado - преди 8 дни
I thought YouTube was recommending me a snuff film
NiKKo_xD
NiKKo_xD - преди 8 дни
The pain is gettin em out
Mtt Lsa
Mtt Lsa - преди 8 дни
you can't swim in it because is a drinking reservoir but you can drive a boat?
skudzer1985
skudzer1985 - преди 8 дни
Just a few bros playing with their balls in the pool.
Lil Shadow
Lil Shadow - преди 8 дни
So no one is gonna comment that hes gobna sigh 10000 shade balls 10000 is a lot even 1 a day would still take 90 years I think
TGC Fortnite Clan
TGC Fortnite Clan - преди 8 дни
It’s like venom eating your pool
Kushman 420 TV
Kushman 420 TV - преди 8 дни
Gota swim in shade balls
Nolan Games
Nolan Games - преди 9 дни
*no did you see how mr incredible was with them*
NOMASAN
NOMASAN - преди 9 дни
what do you do with 10.000 shade balls?
SHADE BALL CANNON / LAUNCHER
NOMASAN
NOMASAN - преди 9 дни
if the shade balls were more... rough i guess... they might have the ability to stay in the crystal shape. so you could walk on it.
NOMASAN
NOMASAN - преди 9 дни
pause at 6:01...
for a mildly terrifying image
NOMASAN
NOMASAN - преди 9 дни
I am getting a lot of balls in my face...
that's something i didn't expect
ReisLouis
ReisLouis - преди 9 дни
it looks like caviar 😂
GJ SIX 8
GJ SIX 8 - преди 9 дни
It looks like negro spawn.
AdamK 2099
AdamK 2099 - преди 9 дни
How the hell did u get them out?
Samuel James
Samuel James - преди 9 дни
I automaticly thought about that scene from incredibles when I saw this
사루사루
사루사루 - преди 9 дни
시발 유튜브 알고리즘
Jiro Matias
Jiro Matias - преди 9 дни
Hey can you walk to the shade balls
Best freind With a cat
Best freind With a cat - преди 9 дни
I thought I was dumb😂😂🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
cyvelle nikko marcera
cyvelle nikko marcera - преди 9 дни
amazing 👌
ValiantsFelines McCarty
ValiantsFelines McCarty - преди 10 дни
Hitman: Bodies go in LA Reservoir. They use shade balls & can't see 'em anymore! Only way they'll ever know is when something tastes funny in the drinking water.
ponchinpollo
ponchinpollo - преди 10 дни
this video gave me so much anxiety
Hyper Sans
Hyper Sans - преди 10 дни
I would like to buy your signed balls please.
Martin Verner
Martin Verner - преди 10 дни
I brought some of my old college buddies over so we can get balls in our face one more time!
Sarom Son
Sarom Son - преди 11 дни
It’s looks like giant boba who else agrees?
👇
Kostas5807
Kostas5807 - преди 9 дни
I subbed you pls sub me
Tenderizer17
Tenderizer17 - преди 11 дни
The question I have, is how much light is blocked out by two layers of shade balls. A lot of light gets through so I'm not sure it'd block algae.
Vince Gruss
Vince Gruss - преди 11 дни
Why is it dangerous
Eviegamergg 123
Eviegamergg 123 - преди 11 дни
2:13 Quote of the year peeps. Quote of the year
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